TUNES

Welcome to Tunes From Doolin !

The tunes you will find on this website are a collection of Irish Traditional Music tunes I have learned over the years in Doolin, from various sessions, friends and some recordings too.

All the tunes are written in ABC format and come in sheet music format as well. I am also hoping to be able to record as many tunes as possible in the near future and to post them here as well as on the YouTube channel (feel free to subscribe to the channel here!).

The tunes are divided into 4 main categories :

  • ReelsThe most common type of tunes, especially here in Co. Clare.
  • JigsThis category regroups Jigs, Slip Jigs, Hop Jigs, etc.
  • HornpipesAnother common type of dance tunes here in County Clare.
  • Other Tunes : A collection of different types of tunes including Barndances, Slides, Polkas, Marches, Setdances, etc.

Recent posts

The Cat's Meow (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Cat’s Meow (The)

The Cat’s Meow is a wonderful jig composed by Joanie Madden, the great Irish-American flute and whistle player and leader of Cherish The Ladies. It is quite a common tune nowadays and I learned it from Aine O’Donoghue and Aine Griffey.

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The Rolling Wave (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Rolling Wave (The)

“The Rolling Wave” is a jig I associate with Tony MacMahon, the great box player from Clare. He recorded it on the album “MacMahon From Clare” but it was also released on the live album with Steve Cooney more recently.

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The Sailor On The Rock (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Sailor on the Rock (The)

The Sailor on the Rock is a great session tune that I associate with the playing of Joe Cooley, the legendary accordion player from Peterswell, Co. Galway. I learned this reel through various sessions, can’t really pin one down in particular as it is quite a popular session tune.

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The Templehouse (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Templehouse (The)

The Templehouse is one of my favourite reels. I learned it from the legendary album “I gCnoc na Graí” by Noel Hill & Tony MacMahon, it is part of the first set and follows another great reel, “The Humours of Castlefin“.

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The Maid Behind The Bar (Reel) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Maid Behind The Bar (The)

The Maid Behind The Bar is one of the most common reel in Irish Music, but I have to admit we don’t hear it in Doolin very often. I learned it from Chris Droney, the legendary concertina player from Bell Harbour, Co. Clare.

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Mac's Fancy (Jig) | Tunes From Doolin | Irish Traditional Music

Mac’s Fancy

I learned “Mac’s Fancy” from the playing of Josephine Marsh, who recorded it on the great compilation album “The Sanctuary Sessions”, recorded live at Cruise’s Pub in Ennis. This jig is usually played after “Winnie Hayes’ Jig” around Doolin.

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Random Tunes

Good Natured Man (The)

I learned “The Good Natured Man” with my friend Gilles Tabary (flute), on one on his visit to Doolin. I have enjoyed playing this hornpipe for many years now and it is still one of my favourites, which I particularly enjoy playing with Adrian McMahon, flute player from Kilfenora.

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Bog Carrot Reel (The)

I learned “The Bog Carrot Reel” from a lovely CD by fiddle player Diarmuid O’Brien on which he is joined by a different box player on each track, and regular Doolin visitor Donie Nolan joins him on this one.

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Jackson’s Morning Brush

“Jackson’s Morning Brush” is an old tune that was composed in the 18th Century. I learned this jig from Hugh & Colm Healy, which they recorded on their album “Macalla na hÓige”.

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